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AI Just Learned How to Boost the Brain's Memory

When it comes to black boxes, there is none more black than the human brain. Our gray matter is so complex, scientists lament, that it can’t quite …

The GOP and Big Lie Politics

The biggest impact of the Nunes Memo – and the accompanying wave of propaganda – is that conventional news and commentary is incapable of handling …

Donald Trump

Republicans concede key FBI 'footnote' in Carter Page warrant

Devin Nunes said Monday the FBI had disclosed political backing for a Trump-Russia dossier in October 2016, but a controversial GOP memo released last week did not mention it.<p>Republican leaders are acknowledging that the FBI disclosed the political origins of a private dossier the bureau cited in …

Veteran Sen. Drags ‘Cadet Bone Spurs’ After Trump Calls Dems 'Treasonous'

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a veteran Army helicopter pilot who lost both her legs while serving in Iraq, was one of several Democrats who had some …

Donald Trump

Kelly: Some Immigrants 'Were Too Lazy To Get Off Their Asses' For DACA Signups

WASHINGTON (AP) — “Dreamers” protected by an Obama-era program that President Donald Trump has said will end on March 5 are not top targets for …

Immigration

GM's latest car gives up steering wheels, pedals — and human control

The future of driving doesn’t involve driving — at all.<p>That’s the big takeaway from a first peek inside General Motors new autonomous car, which lacks the steering wheel, pedals, manual controls and human drivers that have come to define the experience of riding inside an automobile for more than a …

General Motors

Most of her presidential salary. And lots of perks. Michigan State contract suggests she will be very well paid after resigning amid Nassar scandal.

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Lou Anna Simon, who resigned Wednesday as president of Michigan State University amid public outrage over the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal, could earn hundreds of thousands of dollars a year if she returns to the faculty, according to an analysis of her contract.<p>Researchers …

George Mason

For conservatives, character counts — when you’re a Democrat

Wait, back up a minute. We just zoomed past a story that would have been a five-alarm scandal for any other administration, with weeks of screaming front-page headlines: "The president and the porn star."<p>The Wall Street Journal had the scoop on Jan. 12: "A lawyer for President Donald Trump arranged …

The top 15 Democratic presidential candidates for 2020, ranked

President Trump got his first big legislative accomplishment this week. He also got a slew of very bad polling data.<p>Polls from Gallup, CNN, Monmouth University and Quinnipiac University all showed Trump's approval rating between 33 percent and 37 percent — among the lowest numbers of his entire …

Mulvaney finds himself in middle of another shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mick Mulvaney stormed Washington as a tea party lawmaker elected in 2010, and he hasn't mellowed much as director of the Office of Management of Budget at the White House.<p>In both spots, he's been at the center of a government shutdown. But this time he is arguing against it and is …

Rep. Meehan removed from ethics committee over sexual harassment settlement

House Speaker Paul Ryan on Saturday removed Republican Rep. Patrick Meehan from the Ethics Committee and ordered an investigation after a report that the Pennsylvania congressman used taxpayer funds to settle a sexual harassment complaint.<p>The New York Times reported Saturday that Meehan, a …

Sexual Harassment

As Trump begins second year, women stage nationwide protests

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of women and their male supporters turned out on Saturday for the second Women's March, a nationwide series of protests against U.S. President Donald Trump marking the end of his tumultuous first year in office.<p>The coordinated rallies in Washington, New …

When School Becomes a Game

Adam Avery<p>How can educators get students to be more engaged? Some experts say it's a matter of gamifying the learning experience.<p>Every year, the American Psychological Society talks to Americans about their mental state. In 2013, the topic was stress—and the group found that, of the teenagers who …

This is how democracies die | Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt

Defending our constitution requires more than outrage<p>Blatant dictatorship – in the form of fascism, communism, or military rule – has disappeared across much of the world. Military coups and other violent seizures of power are rare. Most countries hold regular elections. Democracies still die, but …

Venezuela

5 Questions About Facebook's Plan to Rate Media by 'Trustworthiness'

What could go wrong?<p>Mark Zuckerberg announced Friday that Facebook will begin surveying users about which news sources they trust, in an effort to rank publications on “trustworthiness.” This rating will help determine media companies’ placement in the News Feed, thereby materially changing the …

Journalism

Steve Bannon refuses lawmakers' questions under 'White House instructions'

Bannon’s lawyer reputedly said former strategist, facing subpoena, would otherwise have been willing to respond<p>Steve Bannon refused to answer questions from the House Intelligence Committee during a closed-door session on Tuesday, even after he was issued a subpoena to testify by the committee, …

Concerns surround Rohingya repatriation plan

Concerns are mounting over a joint plan from Myanmar and Bangladesh to repatriate hundreds of thousands of ethnic Rohingya who fled violence in Myanmar's western Rakhine State.

Rohingya

Newly released Senate testimony debunks a key conservative theory on Trump and Russia

The big news Republicans didn’t want you to see.<p>The FBI was already investigating potential links between Donald Trump’s campaign and the Russian government <i>before</i> they heard anything about Christopher Steele’s famous dossier on the matter. That’s the key takeaway from Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn …

Donald Trump

The extravagant lives of the 'Rich Kids of Tehran' are fueling Iran's protests — take a look

Iran recently erupted in country-wide protests that brought out crowds both condemning and supporting the government.<p>The demonstrators in Iran mobilized against issues including the country's economic woes. Gradually, anti-government protesters across the country turned to the same target: a …

Oceans suffocating as huge dead zones quadruple since 1950, scientists warn

Areas starved of oxygen in open ocean and by coasts have soared in recent decades, risking dire consequences for marine life and humanity<p>Ocean dead zones with zero oxygen have quadrupled in size since 1950, scientists have warned, while the number of very low oxygen sites near coasts have …

Global Warming

The Real Future of Work

Forget automation. The workplace is already cracking up in profound ways, and Washington is sorely behind on dealing with it.<p><b>In 2013, Diana Borland and 129 of her colleagues</b> filed into an auditorium at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Borland had worked there for the past 13 years as a …

The Workplace

Donald Trump Didn’t Want to Win – and Neither Did His Campaign

On the afternoon of November 8, 2016, Kellyanne Conway settled into her glass office at Trump Tower. Right up until the last weeks of the race, the …

The first scientific fake news study is here to confirm your worst fears about America

A new study confirms your worst fears about fake news in the U.S. — it's widespread, skews pro-Trump, and is mostly consumed by your conservative …

Journalism

Trump’s lawyer is a specialist in securing preemptive pardons

John Dowd, who says he ghostwrote President Trump’s incriminating tweet about firing Michael Flynn and argues that the president cannot commit obstruction of justice, appeared to be a man enjoying retirement when I visited him at his home in February. We chatted for a couple of hours that day in …

How the Russia Inquiry Began: A Campaign Aide, Drinks and Talk of Political Dirt

WASHINGTON — During a night of heavy drinking at an upscale London bar in May 2016, George Papadopoulos, a young foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, made a startling revelation to Australia’s top diplomat in Britain: Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton.<p>About three weeks earlier, …

Donald Trump

New York's vanishing shops and storefronts: 'It's not Amazon, it's rent'

Vacant storefronts are becoming more noticeable in the capital of consumption, as small retailers are being pushed out by wealthy investors<p>Walk down almost any major New York street – say Fifth Avenue near Trump Tower, or Madison Avenue from midtown to the Upper East Side. Perhaps venture down …

West Village

2017 was a great year to be rich

It's never a <i>bad</i> year to be rich, exactly. But 2017 turned out to be a particularly good one.<p>Rich people are doing so well these days that their spending on luxury goods isn't even keeping up.<p>Luxury spending rose 5% globally in 2017, the management consulting firm Bain & Company found. But that is a …

Massive Study Finds Girls Are Much Better Than Boys at Working Together to Solve Problems

In 52 regions around the world, girls consistently outperformed boys -- sometimes by huge margins.<p>Girls are much better than boys at working together to solve problems, according to a new study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).<p>The forum of democratic nations came …

Education

China’s New Lenders Collect Invasive Data and Offer Billions. Beijing Is Worried.

HONG KONG — Bai Shichao has a debt problem that is bigger than his paycheck — and that’s a problem for the rest of China, too.<p>Mr. Bai, a 30-year-old Beijing deliveryman, has borrowed heavily from China’s growing ranks of online cash lenders. In a country that lacks reliable ways to tell who might …

China

AT&T Announces Thousands of Layoffs, Firings Just in Time for Christmas

AT&T plans to lay off and fire more than a thousand workers starting early next year, according to local reports.<p>Across the Midwest, an estimated 600 …